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Encyclopedia > La sonnambula
Operas by Vincenzo Bellini

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La sonnambula (The Sleepwalker) is an opera semiseria in two acts by Vincenzo Bellini to an Italian libretto by Felice Romani, based on a vaudeville by Eugène Scribe. Opera semiseria (semi-serious opera) is an Italian genre of opera, popular in the early 19th century. ... Vincenzo Bellini Vincenzo Salvatore Carmelo Francesco Bellini (November 3, 1801 – September 23, 1835) was an Italian opera composer. ... Antonio Ghislanzoni, nineteenth century Italian librettist. ... Felice Romani (1788 - 1865) was an Italian poet and scholar of literature and mythology who wrote many librettos for the opera composers Donizetti and Bellini. ... Augustin Eugène Scribe (December 24, 1791 - February 20, 1861), was a French dramatist and librettist. ...


The first performance was in Teatro Carcano, Milan on March 6, 1831. For other uses, see Milan (disambiguation). ... is the 65th day of the year (66th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Leopold I 1831 (MDCCCXXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ...


There are a number of recordings of the opera, and it is regularly performed.


Roles

Role Voice type Premiere Cast, March 6, 1831
(Conductor: - )
Count Rodolfo bass Luciano Mariani
Amina soprano Giuditta Pasta
Elvino tenor Giovanni Battista Rubini
Lisa soprano Elisa Taccani
Teresa mezzo-soprano Felicita Baillou-Hilaret
Alessio bass Lorenzo Biondi
Notary tenor Antonio Crippa
Villagers - Chorus

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Synopsis

ACT I


Scene 1. A village, a mill in the background


Lisa, the proprietress of the inn, is consumed with jealousy as the betrothal procession of Amina and Elvino, who had once been betrothed to her, approaches. She spurns the lovelorn Alessio. Amina thanks her friends for their kind wishes and particularly her foster-mother Teresa, owner of the mill, who had adopted her as an orphan. She thanks Alessio, who had composed the wedding song and organised the celebrations, wishing him well in his courtship of Lisa, who continues to reject his advances. Elvino arrives, having stopped on his way at his mother's grave to ask her blessing on Amina. He gives Amina his mother's ring and they exchange vows.


A stranger arrives, asking the way to the castle. Lisa points out that it is getting late and he will not reach it before dark and offers him lodging at her inn. The newcomer, who surprises the villagers by his familiarity with the locality, asks about the celebrations and admires Amina, who reminds him of a girl he had loved long ago. He admits to having once stayed in the castle, whose lord has been dead for four years. When Teresa explains that his son had vanished some years previously, the stranger assures them that he is alive and will return.


As darkness approaches the villagers warn him that it is time to be indoors to avoid the village phantom, but he is not superstitious and assures them that they will soon be free of the apparition. Elvino is jealous of the stranger's admiration of Amina; he is jealous even of the breezes that caress her, but he promises her he will reform.


Scene 2. A room in the inn

Jenny Lind in La Sonnambula.
Jenny Lind in La Sonnambula.

Lisa tells the stranger that he has been recognised as Rodolfo, the long-lost son of the count, and warns him that the village is preparing a formal welcome. Meanwhile she will be the first to pay her respects. She is flattered when he begins a flirtation with her, but runs out, dropping a handkerchief, when a sound is heard outside. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (700x925, 74 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Jenny Lind Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (700x925, 74 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Jenny Lind Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to create or digitize it. ...


It is Amina, who enters the room, walking in her sleep. Rodolfo, realising that her nocturnal wanderings have given rise to the story of the village phantom, is about to take advantage of her helpless state, but is struck by her obvious innocence and refrains. She falls asleep on the sofa and he goes outside as the villagers are heard advancing on the inn to welcome their new lord. Lisa points to the sleeping Amina and Elvino, believing her faithless, rejects her in fury. Only Teresa believes in her innocence.


ACT II


Scene 1. A wood


On their way to ask the count to attest to Amina's innocence, the villagers meet Amina and Teresa, on a similar mission. Elvino continues to reject Amina, even when the count sends a message that she is innocent. Elvino is not convinced and takes back the ring, though he is unable to tear her image from his heart.


Scene 2. The village, as in Act I


Elvino has decided to marry Lisa. They are about to go to the church when Rodolfo tries to explain that Amina is innocent because she had not come to his room awake - she is a sonnambulist, a sleepwalker, but Elvino refuses to believe him.


Teresa begs the villagers to be quiet, because Amina has at last fallen into an exhausted sleep. Learning of the impending marriage, she confronts Lisa, who says that she has never been found alone in a man's room. Teresa produces the handkerchief Lisa had dropped. The Count refuses to comment, but continues to assert Amina's virtue. Elvino demands proof, which is dramatically produced when Amina is seen walking in her sleep across the high, dangerously unstable mill bridge. Rodolfo warns that to wake her would be fatal, so all watch as she relives her betrothal and her grief at Elvino's rejection. When she reaches the other side safely, Elvino calls to her and she wakes to find herself in his arms, to the rejoicing of all.


Noted arias

  • "Come per me sereno" (Amina)
  • "Prendi, l'anel ti dono" (Elvino)
  • "Vi ravviso, o luoghi ameni" (Rodolfo)
  • "Ah! non credea mirarti" (Amina)

  Results from FactBites:
 
La Sonnambula - Starring Anna Moffo, on VAI Audio (427 words)
Given the confidence and polish of her performance, it is astonishing to note that, aside from a performance as Norina in Don Pasquale at the Spoleto Festival the year before, the demanding role of Amina in La Sonnambula was the young soprano’s first encounter with the bel canto repertoire.
The director for La Sonnambula was the estimable Mario Lanfranchi, who exhibits an imaginative artistic creativity that is always consistent with the intentions of the composer and librettist.
The cast for La Sonnambula is rounded out by the fine lyric tenor Danilo Vega and the noted bass Plinio Clabassi, who was a strong presence in the operatic world of the 1950s and ‘60s.
La Sonnambula (The Sleep-Walker) - Opera (493 words)
"La Sonnambula" or "The Sleep-Walker," composed by Bellini, is a light opera in three acts, produced in Milan, March 6, 1831.
"La Sonnambula " is a simple Swiss village story, its hero being the prosperous young Elvino and its heroine Amina, an orphan girl dowered with nothing but her personal attractions, whom Elvino is about to wed.
Lisa is infatuated with Elvino, and, in consequence, she scorns her lover, Alessio, and is willing to make use of any circumstance which may prevent the approaching union between Elvino and Amina.
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